Airbus Order Announcements Keep Coming In
As in years past, the 2007 Paris Air Show -- like its even-year
counterpart in Farnborough, England -- has proven to be a boon for
Airbus, but the significance of this year's performance, in
particular, should resonate throughout the commercial airline
After two years of troubling news concerning production delays
with the A380 and A350 XWB -- as well as rumors of insider
trading scandals, and pending layoffs and plant closings --it looks
like Airbus is back. With a vengeance.
To date -- and the show isn't over yet -- Airbus has announced
548 orders and commitments in Paris, reports the Associated Press.
That compares to 129 for Boeing -- of which 70 were new orders, not
previously accounted for on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries
While Airbus admits to holding orders announcements until major
air shows -- versus Boeing's "announce 'em as soon as the customer
signs on the dotted line" approach -- the flood of Airbus
announcements from Paris has brought the European planemaker
considerable, positive media attention in the past several
A sizeable chunk of
those commitments are for the planemaker's troubled A350 XWB, which
has yet to have its final design locked down and isn't slated to
fly until 2013.
So far, Airbus has received 134 firm orders for the
composite-and-aluminum competitor to Boeing's 787 in Paris,
including Wednesday's signing of a firm deal for 22 planes for
Russia's Aeroflot, and another 56 planes from India's Kingfisher
and Libya's Afriqiyah Airways. The planemaker has also earned 13
new orders for its A380 superjumbo -- from Emirates, Qatar Airways
and Air France.
Boeing isn't sweating, though. Orders for the A350 XWB lag its
787 Dreamliner, slated for rollout next month, by over 450 orders.
And as far as firm order counts, Airbus is coming closer to parity
with Boeing's order numbers for the year-to-date -- 405 firm
orders, to 510 for Boeing.
Including purchase agreements, Airbus has the current lead: 688,
according to numbers given by Airbus COO John Leahy to
Agence-France Presse Thursday, compared to 520 total orders listed
on Boeing's website.
Airbus has also hinted at more big news before the Paris Air
Show wraps up Sunday. Stay tuned.